This product has been reformulated as of June 2016.
by Jan B.
A child of the sixties now in my sixties, my skin tone is now tone-deaf and fine lines are wrinkles! I’m drawn to skin care promises like hippies to Woodstock. So when TIA asked me to try Organic Radiance Ultra Nourishing Anti-Aging Elixir ($65/2.2oz in the shop), it was like being offered tickets to see The Beatles!
An avid label reader, I like the organic, chemical-free list of known anti-aging combatants in this product. The Elixir is a dense cocktail of many of the ingredients I have learned to seek for skin rejuvenation. It contains vitamins C & E and hyaluronic acid, my three favorites, plus many others that intensify their effects, such as CoQ10, MSM, Shea Butter and Alpha Lipoic Acid. ALA is claimed to be an even stronger anti-aging force than my three stand-bys. Also, I have been practicing aromatherapy, mixing my own concoctions for forty years, and was happy to see that certain essential oils known to improve skin are also in there, like carrot seed and geranium oils, with other antioxidant oils, such as hempseed, jojoba and pomegranate. Pomegranate has been proven to reverse sun damage (sign of a life well lived!) and is also said to offer limited sun protection.
I can’t list or describe all of the many awesome ingredients packed into this little bottle. They combine to make a pleasant, fresh smell and the elixir is rich, yet absorbs quickly without feeling sticky. A little goes a long way — two pumps for my face and neck. I used it prior to applying other products, because hyaluronic acid and vitamin C are a good base, helping to activate subsequent products. I also feel I can eliminate some other members of my gigantic skin care brigade, because this one product packs so many anti-aging heavy-hitters into it.
After a week of use, I noticed an increased clarity in my skin; it looks hydrated, with a more even skin tone I think it’s too late for any product to eliminate my wrinkles, but they look diminished around my mouth (my main concern). As I continued to use it, the more improvement I saw.
The bottle states the product is vegan and cruelty-free, a must for me; I would not hurt an animal to satisfy my own vanity. But what about the silk proteins? I’ve heard a lot of good about them helping to restore collagen, but I knew I would not use this again if it involves snuffing silk worms out of their cocoons. So, I contacted the company. Here’s their response:
“We are aware that silk amino acids are primarily sourced and derived from silk worms. As we are a cruelty free facility, we do not support this avenue as our source. Our potent and beautiful silk amino acids are derived from a natural fermentation process utilizing a plant substrate such as molasses. Our amino acids are cultivated in a lab by wage earning free and self empowered human beings rather than by enslaved, disempowered and oppressed silk worms. In our world, beauty is not cruel.
Each amino acid is made from plant sources and is painstakingly purified. These amino acids are then carefully blended to match the optimum amino acid composition in collagen. By utilizing the unique delivery system in this amino acid blend, the skin now has available the amino acids necessary to beautify and repair itself on a daily basis.”
Wow. Not only am I very pleased with the results of this product, but I’m ecstatic I can take advantage of cruelty-free silk amino acids benefits for increasing collagen. All-natural ingredients, packed with tons of proven antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients, pleasant to use and effective. And how groovy that you can feel good knowing no animal has been harmed in your quest to improve your appearance!